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harmony said
Howdy and welcome!!

OMD, that Rudy is one cutie-patootie!

I can’t add much more than what’s already been said. The only thing I can add is that some of the meds he’s taking tastes horrible. And if you’ve been putting it in his food, he will start to reject it because he will make the correlation. We tried everything with our Harmony and she quickly figured them all out. Hopefully your Rudy won’t have to be on them too much longer so that he can get back to being a sweet, cuddly fur-baby with loads of sparkle.

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Pam,

Thanks for all your kind words, I love that you called him a cutie-patootie….one of his nicknames is Rudy-Patootie.  Yes, I think he has figured out all over our hiding spots, today my sister came over for moral support and she figured out a great technique….she is known for spoiling Rudy and “not noticing” when he gets bits of people food from her.  So she, a vegetarian who has gone without touching any meat for over 15 years, had a plate of turkey with meds hidden it in and just “didn’t notice” as Rudy every so subtly stole bits from her.  Now I just need to convince her to move in for the next few weeks since I don’t think he will feel as sneaky with me or my husband, Alex. smiley

Thanks again!

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8 April 2016 - 6:36 pm
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otisandtess said
So glad things are getting better!  We had to work carefully to space out Otis’ Tramadol, even though it meant that I was giving some sort of pill every hour or two, day and night.  I was a mess, but keeping the pain control even really helped.   Fortunately, you get through this stage fairly quickly.  

My my own dog mom story – I went on a two day trip after Otis’ first chemo.  A friend watched him in my home, and said he was fine, no chemo reactions.  The second I got home, we cuddled and he asked to go outside.  I let him out and he had the worst diarrhea imaginable.  I think he was saving it for me.  He then came inside and immediately sat his 100 pound self in my lap.

by the way, I’m Christine.  Tess is my female lab.

Chrisine,

So sorry for calling you Tess!!! I saw an previous post of yours where you talked about Otis so I just assumed…you know what they say about assuming….  🙂

Was Otis only on Tramadol or were you giving different pills at different times?

Casey

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8 April 2016 - 6:42 pm
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Tramadol, Rimadyl, and Simplicef.  I kept a log book too.  Wrote the meds and times down each night for the next day just so I could keep track.  I was so tired in that first week!

Otis - 106 pound lab/Dane mix, lost his right front leg to osteosarcoma on Febuary 9, 2016.  Four rounds of carboplatin completed in April, 2016.  Lung mets August 25, 2016.  Said goodbye too soon on September 4, 2016.   Lost his adopted sister, Tess, suddenly on October 9, 2016. likely due to hemangiosarcoma.  

Wherever they are, they are together.

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8 April 2016 - 6:53 pm
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Awwwww here’s to Rudy Cuddles!

OK, talk to your vet about modifying the Tramadol. It can often make dogs pant and anxious. Sometimes Gabapentin will but it’ll make them sleepy more than anything, which is good right now, Rudy really needs the rest. The Tramadol might be the culprit here. let us know what your vet says OK?

{{{{hugs}}} for you too!

His bandages come off tomorrow morning so I will be discussing modifying the Tramadol tomorrow with our Vet and will update when we get an answer.  Despite the fact that we (and especially Rudy) love our vet I kind of feel like we were not taught how to properly administer his medications.  We dropped him off for surgery at 8am and were called by 1:30 and told that everything went well and we could pick him up anytime after 5.  Unfortunately our vet had an emergency and had gone home early—well before 5pm so Rudys discharge was done by another vet in the office that does not do any surgeries.  Our interpretation of how to administer his meds was to give everything at once twice a day and the tramadol one additional time mid day so that is what I did for the first two days.  After taking the advice from everyone here on tripawds.com we spaced them out all day today and have had a much happier and more comfortable pup because of it.  I feel awful that I was over medicating him and then making the pain come back too strong before giving him more meds.  But I am so happy that I got the advice because I honestly would have kept doing what I had been told to do thinking his reaction was the norm.

Today was a great day and Rudy even explored part of his kingdom (the backyard) to see what those pesky squirrels have been up to while he has been too tired to defend his territory.  smiley

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8 April 2016 - 8:50 pm
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Today was a great day

Awesome!

You made a good call bringing Rudy home with no one at the vet office at night, much better that you could watch him just in case there was a problem. Of course it probably took a year off your life…

I hope the rest of Rudy’s recovery is smooth.

Karen

Tri-pug Maggie survived a 4.5 year mast cell cancer battle only to be lost to oral melanoma.

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8 April 2016 - 9:25 pm
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CASEY AND RUDY, THE ADORABLE, PRECIIUS RUDY! WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!! clap

I’m just catching up and see you jave already gotten stellar advice from everyone!!

I didn’t joint this site until day six after the amputation. I feared I had made a HORRIBLE mistake because my Happy Hannah was having a rough recovery. This community threw me a lifeline of information and love. They helped me get through this very scary and emo journey.

You seem to jave a good handle kn the pain meds now. It’s important not to let the pain get ahead start. You are doing a wonderful job! You clearly are stronger than you realize! And yiur husband? He’s a keeper!winker

Saw so.e of your ADORABLE pics of Rudy on his blog. Keep em coming, he is a feal smile maker!

You still jave some uos and downs ahead of you, so stay connected. You are not alone!

Grab a bag of CHOCOLATE, give yourself a pat on the back and try and get some more sleep.

Love!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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8 April 2016 - 9:27 pm
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Here are some photos of Rudy over the past few days.  His surgery was on Tuesday and even though we took him home the same night it was such a hard night I didn’t take any photos.  I consider that a night I’d love to forget so no big loss…all of these start the morning after his surgery.

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Day 1 was a lot of sleep filled with whimpers.

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And Rudy moving from bed to bed to try to get comfortable only to zone out looking completely miserable.

Day 2 getting pretty excited when my Husband, Alex, came home from work with new treats.

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Day 3 waking up with our pre-amputation cuddle routine…I learned I don’t know how to take selfies and half of his face got cut out of the photo.

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Super excited to go outside and sniff around

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But exhausted a few steps later big-blink Rudy can go about 6 steps and then needs a few minutes to rebalance himself and take a breather

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Big smiles to say thanks to everyone who helped calm down Casey for me!

I love that you can see him come alive again by today, Day 3. Thank you to everyone who helped me get to a healthy mental state so I could really be there the way Rudy needed me to be–happy and positive.laughing

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8 April 2016 - 9:41 pm
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CASEY AND RUDY, THE ADORABLE, PRECIIUS RUDY! WELCOME TO THE FAMILY!!! clap

I’m just catching up and see you jave already gotten stellar advice from everyone!!

I didn’t joint this site until day six after the amputation. I feared I had made a HORRIBLE mistake because my Happy Hannah was having a rough recovery. This community threw me a lifeline of information and love. They helped me get through this very scary and emo journey.

You seem to jave a good handle kn the pain meds now. It’s important not to let the pain get ahead start. You are doing a wonderful job! You clearly are stronger than you realize! And yiur husband? He’s a keeper!winker

Saw so.e of your ADORABLE pics of Rudy on his blog. Keep em coming, he is a feal smile maker!

You still jave some uos and downs ahead of you, so stay connected. You are not alone!

Grab a bag of CHOCOLATE, give yourself a pat on the back and try and get some more sleep.

Love!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Thank you so much, consider the bagS of Chocolate taken care of!

It totally understand why (and feel awful that) you felt you made a horrible decision for your Happy Hannah, those first days were honestly some of the hardest days in my whole life, but I see that it gets better so much faster than you can imagine while you’re in the thick of it.

Yes, I do feel I now have a good handle on the pain meds and Rudy and I owe that all of you amazingly supportive people on this site.  We are getting bandages off tomorrow morning and another treatment (3rd one) of cold laser therapy.  We are also going to get a chance to discuss our Vets recommendations on fine tuning his pain meds more if needed as the days go by.

I know we are not through all of the downs but getting to experience such a great day filled with multiple tail wags and smiles…..we had none tue, wed or thurs….has prepared Alex and I to push through knowing good days aren’t too far away.

Thanks again,

Casey

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Oh Casey!  I’m so glad!!!  I’m a nurse, so I think that to me, scheduling the pain medications around the clock was just an automatic thing.  Rudy is adorable!  It’s wonderful to see him wandering around clap

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Murphy had his right front leg amputated due to histiocytic sarcoma at 7 years old. He survived 4 years, 2 months & 1 week, only to be taken by hemangiosarcoma at 11 1/2 years 6/12/17  
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Melting my heart over here!! Those eyes! OMD!! Such a sweetie pie!! You have to do a CUTENESS ALERT when dogs are this adorable!!

Isn’t it qo derful to see the wag of a tail or a bit of excitement when getting a treat? I remember how happy I was the first time Happy Hannah got up to greet me at the door…it took awhile but it brought me tears of joy!

Rudy’s sparkke will comeback, slowly but surely! Promise!!

Thanks for sharing these precious pictures.

Love and hugs!

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

Happy Hannah had a glorious additional bonus time of over one yr & two months after amp for osteo! She made me laugh everyday! Joined April's Angels after send off meal of steak, ice cream, M&Ms & deer poop!

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Casey, you and I are in the same boat, our dogs had surgery about the same time, and our dogs didn’t like taking their pills lol. Yes, as someone said, peanut butter is king! I stuff Meekkas pills in a pill pocket, then smother it with peanut butter, and down it goes. Meekka also got a little fussy come meal time and I figured why not spoil her! So along with her food I always mix in a little cooked chicken. Being a senior for her breed, I really don’t know how much more time we have together, vet said 4-6 without chemo, maybe 10-12 with (a whole other discussion for me)… so she’s gonna be spoiled rotten, but kept healthy for our time together.

For the first day or two home ours was also unsure of what was going on and a little wobbly, but its been 18 days now, and she gets around pretty good, and can navigate up and down stairs. I even built her a ramp so she could more easily get in the truck, and she refuses to use it lol.  

As for meds, our vet has us weaning her off of the meds now, and shes doing ok with that….. It gets better, it really does!

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OMG …… those photos!!! Total cutness overload!!! I LOVE him! He looks amazing for a couple days out … really truly. We’ve seen a lot around here and he looks like he’s doing amazing. I see a sparkle in those eyes and know in time, much more will come back!

Hugs and cheers for doing so well!

XO

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Shelby Lynne; Jack Russell/Shiba Inu mix. Proud member of the April Angels of 2014.

October 15, 2000 to April 8, 2014

Our story: Broke rear leg in June 2013 - non-conclusive results for cancer so leg was plated and pinned. Enlarged spleen in September 2013 and had it removed and was diagnosed with Hemangiosarcoma and started chemotherapy. Became a Tripawd January 8th, 2014 and definitive Hemangiosarcoma diagnosis. Three major surgeries in 7 months and Shelby took them all like a champ only to lose her battle to cancer in her brain. We had 8 amazing extra months together and no regrets. #shelbystrong #loveofmylife

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Awwwww  . . .  such a sweetie!!!! xoxo

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